Chemical Engineering (with placement year) at Loughborough University - UCAS

Course summary

Chemical Engineering is a highly adaptable and versatile area of engineering, which applies the principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, and economics to transform energy and materials into useful and affordable products. It covers the research, design and operation of new and existing processes to minimise environmental impacts, ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards and maximise profits and benefits to society. The 2020 annual skills survey for UK engineering employers highlighted an expected shortfall in skilled chemical engineers to support the UK’s green recovery and net-zero targets, which means chemical engineers will be highly sought after for the specialist work required. Chemical engineers take leading roles in many different sectors, ranging from energy and water, food, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, to consumer products, and even finance. They use their technical know-how and ingenuity to develop solutions to many of the world’s most pressing challenges, including climate change and the large-scale production of new vaccines. At Loughborough, we conduct world-leading research to drive the sustainable revolution, in areas such as low-carbon technologies, next generation healthcare or advanced manufacturing. An example is our new National Centre for the Circular Chemical Economy, which seeks to transform the UK chemical sector to eliminate waste and reliance on fossil technologies. Our research directly informs our teaching and project work, ensuring our students are fully equipped to meet 21st century challenges. Our Chemical Engineering degrees teach students how to apply scientific and engineering principles to the design and analysis of chemical process equipment and flow sheets. Bench and pilot-scale laboratories, VR simulation, computer classes and project work help students to understand and apply taught principles to engineering problems, whilst also developing key laboratory, teamwork and IT skills. We offer a number of options during the degree. These include language options in years one and two (at different levels) in either French, German, Spanish or Mandarin, as an alternative to Materials Processing and Food Engineering. Our students can then choose up to three optional modules in their final year including management, environmental, IT, bioprocessing and healthcare topics. During the final design project, students work both in teams and individually to conceptualise and design an industrial plant to address a specified design challenge, usually aligned with their module choices and research strengths of the department. The project brings together all aspects of the degree, including initial technology selection and flowsheet development, detailed design of individual unit operation, process optimisation, safety and operability analysis and finally full economic and environmental evaluation. What is the difference between MEng and BEng? The three years of the BEng degree and the first three years of the MEng degree are identical, with a good mix of theory, application and practical content from day one. The additional year of the MEng programme allows students to study a wider range of technical subjects with additional depth, as well as undertaking the Professional Development Project (PDP), which can be undertaken in industry, abroad or at Loughborough. Whilst both the MEng and BEng are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), only the MEng degree fully meets all educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status. Students studying on the BEng course may have opportunity to change to the MEng course if their performance in the first and second year is sufficiently strong.


For a full list of areas studied, see the 'What You'll Study' section of the course page on our website.

Assessment method

Our course offers a good balance between knowledge and application-based assessments. Overall, around 50% of assessments are exam-based, but the proportion reduces slightly from the first to final year. The other half of our assessments are in the form of coursework, both individual and in groups, such as reports, oral presentations, posters or software files. These are excellent opportunities to develop essential communication and team working skills and receive detailed verbal or written feedback.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chemical Engineers, Institution of

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application codes

Course code:
Institution code:
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Loughborough accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry as outlined on our website This information details the general requirements and should be read in conjunction with the information given for each course. Loughborough also accepts a wide range of international qualifications for entry as outlined on our website Loughborough uses contextual data in the admissions process to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This may influence the typical offers outlined in the information given for each course.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


Applicants are usually selected based on their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

English language requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £27250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £27250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

While the cost of your tuition covers lots of things, it doesn’t cover everything. For instance this course doesn’t cover the cost of any stationary, printing, books or re-assessments which you might need.
Chemical Engineering (with placement year) at Loughborough University - UCAS